Mar 242010


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Coast Guard vessel sinks after collision with ship
Deccan Herald
The collision took place at the commercial Indira Dockyard in Mumbai. Over 40 sailors and technicians on the ship — identified as Indian Coast Guard Ship

Six injured in Staniel Cay tender accident
The Triton
Lowe knew the vessel was anchored in Big Major Spot and speculated the distress call was from near the yacht. Lowe and Wohlford used a spotlight on their

Car bombing kills six in Colombian port

A car bomb has exploded in the centre of the Colombian Pacific port city of Buenaventura, killing at least six people, officials have said.

More than 30 people were hurt by the blast near the mayor’s office and the local public prosecutor’s building.

Lifeboat rescues heart attack man
BBC News
A man has been taken to shore by lifeboat after he suffered a heart attack on a gas carrier vessel in the Firth of Forth. The chief engineer onboard the

Poor decisions led to massive oil spill

After a week of hearings at the federal inquiry into Australia’s third-largest oil spill, it is becoming clear the blow-out at the Montara well was caused by a chain of poor decisions and miscalculations.

Discarded debris sparks sea alert
BBC News
Ramsgate lifeboat, Dover RNLI lifeboat and an RAF Sea King helicopter were all scrambled on Tuesday after debris was seen floating in the sea.

Closer co-operation for coast guards
Irish Times
The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency will provide back-up cover for the Irish as well as ship casualty and pollution incidents in the Irish Sea.

MOL introduces diesel particulate filter to ships using MFO

Oil spill drill in Maine tests response crews
The Maine Responder, an oil spill-cleanup vessel, joined other boats in wet, blustery weather to counter a simulated collision between an oil tanker and a

Other Casualty Reports


Little was left of the tug “Waker” which had to be scrapped after having been gutted by fire, on Mar 23, 2010, at Heuvelman in Gravendeel/Rotterdam. Phots of the final chapter: www.tugspotters.c…

The “Bjønn” suffered considerable damage to its aft in the afternoon of Mar 24, 2010, at 1.15 pm. in a train accident in the harbour of Oslo which killed three people. 16 goods wagons had crashed into the basin of the South Harbour at Sjursøya after they had rolled some kilometres without a train guide. Three of them crashed onto the stern of the tug which is owned by Buksér og Berging and which was berthed at the quay. The two crew members were shocked but not harmed.

On Mar 20 at 6:10 a.m. the “Billy Waxler” allided with the Florence Bridge on the Illinois River in St. Louis. The Florence Bridge was closed the whole day to all vehicular traffic and a half-mile stretch of the river to water traffic. Four of 12 pushed barges had broken lose, one grain loaded barge drifted against the bridge and partially sank. Salvage was underway Mar 23.

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UAE vessel in third and now deadly incident off the Somali coast
Before It’s News
The Somali group had apparently approached the vessel twice, said EU Naval Force spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour. During the second approach there was an

Bermuda Flagged Cargo Ship Hijacked

Tuesday 23 March, the Bermuda flagged British Virgin Islands owned cargo ship MV TALCA was reported hijacked.

The hijacking took place approximately 120 nautical miles off the coast of Oman and 180 miles south of Mazera. MV TALCA was heading from Sokhna in Egypt to Busheir in Iran. It had already passed through the International Recommended Transit Corridor, which is patrolled by warships and maritime patrol aircraft from EU NAVFOR, NATO, Combined Maritime Forces and other navies. Twenty-three of the crew are from Sri Lanka, one from the Philippines and one from Syria. MV TALCA has dead weight of 11 055 tonnes. EU NAVFOR will continue to monitor the situation.

Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the ‘World Food Program’ (WFP) and vessels of AMISOM, and to protect vulnerable ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EU NAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Malta Flagged Cargo Ship Hijacked in Indian Ocean

Malta flagged Turkish owned (Garanti Finansal Kiralama) cargo ship MV FRIGIA, deadweight 35,000 tonnes, was reported hijacked in the Indian Ocean.

The hijacking took place approximately 1000 Nautical miles east of the northern coast of Somalia. This position is closer to India than Somalia and is approximately 400 N Miles outside the normal EU NAVFOR operation area. The ship was heading from Port Said to Kaousichang in Thailand. MV FRIGIA has a crew of 21 (19 Turkish and 2 Ukrainian). The ship was heading east but has now turned around, is heading west and and appears to be heading for one of the known pirate ports off the coast of Somalia. EU NAVFOR will continue to monitor the situation.

Police stop protest over piracy victims
Daily Nation
Relatives of hostages of Somali pirates after police stopped their demonstration on Moi Avenue, Mombasa, on Tuesday as they marched to Kenya Maritime

MARQUE STAR and ESPADA to Develop the New Multi-Billion Dollar Maritime
Earthtimes (press release)
As anti-piracy and maritime logistical needs continue to evolve, MARQUE STAR and ESPADA aim to fill the gaps in piracy protection

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Weston-Super-Mare RNLI Lifeboats rescue yacht with incapacitated crew
Westonsupermare People
The Weston lifeboats launched on Monday after receiving reports from Swansea coastguard that the crew could not continue due to sea sickness.

Sunk by global warming? Wave goodbye to this disputed island
Los Angeles Times
It has resubmerged, an apparent casualty of climate change. “But we still want to use the middle line to deal with our maritime boundary,


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